What you eat plays an important role in cancer treatment and prevention. That’s why our oncology-certified dietitians are an integral part of your journey through treatment and beyond. They can assist you in selecting foods that build and support your immune system, provide new recipes and answer questions about cancer diets, trends and fads. No matter if you were just diagnosed, are in active treatment or are in surveillance, our dietitians can help you make food choices to improve your health.
Diet changes to offset treatment side effects
Radiation, chemotherapy and medications used to fight cancer are powerful treatments that target fast-growing cancer cells. But they also can damage healthy cells, causing unwanted side effects and eating problems. Various cancer surgeries can also create unique barriers to adequate nutrition and healing. Our dietitians can provide suggestions to deal with side effects, such as poor appetite, sore mouth and throat, dry mouth, taste changes, swallowing issues, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation.
We can help
As a patient at Goshen Center for Cancer Care, a dietitian can work with you to make specific recommendations based on your unique needs. Some general nutrition suggestions that can help get you started on your way to better health include:
- Increase your daily intake of brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
- Include dried beans, peas and lentils in your diet several times each week.
- Decrease the amount of red meat (beef, pork or lamb) you eat.
- Avoid cured, processed meats, such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats.
- Begin replacing white bread, white rice and pasta with brown rice, whole grain bread and whole grain pasta.
- Decrease your intake of sugars, sweets, sodas and fruit drinks.
- Drink plenty of fresh, clean water.
To find out how we treat cancer like nowhere else, talk with our cancer experts at the Goshen Center for Cancer Care, (888) 492-4673 (HOPE).